Name and course:
Chloe Wilmot, MBiol Biological Sciences
Research Assistant, Aston University/Redoxis AB
Why did you choose to study at Aston?
I loved the fact that it was a single campus with a real community feel which made me feel like I could easily find my place.
How did the quality of teaching and student support enhance your time at Aston?
Lecturers always made me feel welcome to ask for help when I needed it, giving me confidence in my own work and abilities.
What was the highlight of your time at Aston?
The highlight for me was the opportunity to collaborate with a broad range of people, from my placement year to charity work.
How do you feel your placement prepared you for your future career?
My placement gave me the tools to carry out research effectively and efficiently. I can now employ these tools (such as teamwork, time management and organisation) in any career I go on to do, whether that be in research or a commercial setting.
What was the highlight of your placement experience?
Carrying out my own experiments, providing information vital for the development of future treatments for disease.
Were you involved in any student societies or extra-curricular activities?
I was part of Aston RAG which massively impacted my time at Aston. This allowed me to help other people: the main reason for choosing my course to begin with. Furthermore, this charity work provided me with those I would now call lifelong friends.
How did you find the Aston campus experience?
A small and tight knit community was one of the best things about Aston as it provided a very strong sense of 'home. Also, the small campus allowed everything to be at your feet, making it easier to combine studies and a good social life.
What was the best thing about being a student in Birmingham?
Birmingham is such a friendly city: someone will always be there to help you should you need it. Also, the size of the city centre means everything you could ever need is on your doorstep. Because of this, Birmingham has now become my home.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of studying at Aston?
Make the most of the opportunities you are given, from the placement year to clubs and societies.
What would be your top recommendation to new students on what to do or see in Birmingham?
Make sure you explore the city: there are lots of hidden gems around Digbeth and Moseley.
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice as a first year student, what would it be?
Believe in yourself!
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